Cynthia D. Vargas is a partner with the firm, working from both the Inland Empire and San Diego area offices. A highly respected education legal expert, Ms. Vargas represents and advises school districts, county offices of education and special education local plan areas statewide regarding all aspects of special education law and practice. A seasoned trainer and trusted advisor, Ms. Vargas is relied upon to offer counsel and services both at the school site and administrative levels. She successfully advocates on behalf of public agencies in all capacities relating to due process and Section 504 hearings, Individualized Educational Program (IEP) team meetings, Student Discipline in general and as it pertains to students with disabilities, mediations, informal resolutions, compliance complaints with the California Department of Education and investigations with the Office for Civil Rights. Ms. Vargas worked as a special education teacher prior to attending law school, providing her a practical understanding of the interconnectedness of education legal matters and the many ways that a single issue can affect various areas of education operation. Ms. Vargas lends her experience disciplining online behavioral misconduct and cyber bullying to the firm's eMatters Practice Group.
A popular speaker, Ms. Vargas has delivered presentations across a wide range of education-related issues before the Association of California School Administrators, the California School Boards Association and the California Association of Latino Superintendents & Administrators, as well as several workshops and trainings for California Special Education Local Plan Areas and individual school districts.
While earning her Juris Doctor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Ms. Vargas worked closely with the Disability Law Society, an alliance of UCLA law students dedicated to equal access, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of legal education and the legal profession. She received her bachelor's degree, cum laude, in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. A longtime resident of Southern California, Ms. Vargas is the proud mother of a graduate of the Lake Elsinore Unified School District.